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GualaPack Group strenghens its presence in China

The GualapackGroup has successfully completed the acquisition of substantially higher stakes in two Chinese flexible packaging companies: Guangzhou Secure Packaging Co., Ltd. in Guangdong and Secure HY Packaging Co., Ltd., in Jiangsu.

With this move the Group strengthens its pouch manufacturing and laminates production capacities as a complete provider on the Chinese, Far East Asian & Pacific markets, in collaboration with its longstanding Japanese partner Hosokawa Yoko Co., Ltd.

The reinforced production network will offer new business development opportunities in the region, as well as a future-oriented product portfolio in attractive segments other than for the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical markets to our customers.

The GualapackGroup is the world leader of spouted pouches and filling machinery and a key global player of the flexible packaging industry. To date, it operates with direct manufacturing sites in Europe (4), Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS, 1), Latin America (1) and through joint ventures in the USA (1) and the Far East (2).

Source: World Press Online

Growth and fragmentation in flexibles gives brands food for thought

Flexible packaging is finding new applications for consumers, currently pouches and other flexibles are involved in snacking from adults to toddlers. They are finding a wide range of products to target every consumer. Flexible packaging is offering unique shapes, functions, and convenience. Quite literally, this form of packaging is presenting its self as flexible for the needs of many industries. The flexible packaging industry is not pigeon holing either, the genius of the product is that it is flexible for those looking to convert, and those who are looking to be innovative and differentiate their product.

Between 2012 and 2013, the use of pouches for snacks grew 7%, the use of pouches for sauces and seasonings saw growth of 20%. Over the past decade, pouches have become quite the competition for traditional rigid packaging and has been embraced by U.S. consumers for the ease of use and accessibility. Going forward, we can count of seeing innovative designs, convenient uses, and easy storing.

To read the full article please visit: http://www.packagingdigest.com/flexible-packaging/growth-and-fragmentation-in-flexibles-gives-brands-food-for-thought140731

Source: Packaging Digest

Packaging expectations for 2014

There are six developments expected to take place in 2014.

Flexibles rule– Data suggests that this is the year flexible packaging will become the primary packaging choice for food, personal care and pharmaceutical products. It’s estimated that Americans will be using (32.85 billion) more rigid plastic and flexible packs in 2017 than in 2012. Flexible packaging is the fastest growing segment in the United States packaging industry.

Retail ready packaging advancement– The move out of peg-displayed pillow pouches by cheese shredders will transform supermarket dairy cases into a more European (i.e., “pegless”) model.

Fewer one trick ponies– There will be a development in more interactive packages. Some of the developments include time/temperature indicators, regimen-compliance indicators, near field communications (NFC) and freshness/efficacy monitors.

Biopolymer packaging– Expect economics and performance shortfalls vs. petrochemical polymers to slow the advance of bio-derived polymers for packaging. Don’t expect packaging for bio-derived polymers until around 2020.

Leveraging technology– Five years ago a group of scientists and US regulators met to discuss nanotechnology and the packaging health and safety implications of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) that are minuscule enough to migrate through barrier membranes that couldn’t be penetrated by larger materials. Nanomaterial applications have quietly expanded since then. This year we could see nanomaterials replacing foil in the classic paper/poly/foil structure to improve recycling and sustainability.

Beefing up for e-commerce and m-commerce- The explosive growth of consumer online and mobile transactions is going to trigger a surge of protective packaging to meet the more demanding, higher package-to-product ratio needs of single items traveling by USPS or carrier vs. conventional pallet load transport packaging of goods to brick and mortar retailers.

Source: Packaging World

http://www.packworld.com/trends-and-issues/unit-doseunit-use/packaging-expectations-2014


Packaging company Gualapack plans expansion

Italian flexible packaging company Gualapack is extending its international reach with plans to further grow its newly launched production plant in Latin America.

The company, already manufacturing through plants and partnerships in Europe, China, Japan and the US, expects to expand output at its facility in Costa Rica and increase the workforce fourfold from 30 to 160 by 2017.

It was in September last year that Castellazzo Bormida-based Gualapack formally opened its latest unit of 2,600 square metres in the Costa Rican capital San José. The group’s first plant in the region will turn out Gualapack’s full ‘Cheerpack DP’ spouted stand-up food and beverage pouch range.

Gualapack Costa Rica intends to penetrate Central and South America including Honduras, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

The group, formed from the 2010 merger of two Italian flexpack suppliers Gualapack and Piacenza-based Safta, has three production units in Italy as well as joint ventures Secure Packaging in China, Cheer Pack North America and a partnership in Japan.

Child safe and child friendly ‘Cheerpack DP’ pouches are used for baby food, fruit purée, use its anti-choking ‘BabyCap’, and also have applications for dairy snacks, sauces, condiments and beverages, said Gualapack.

Apart from Italy, the firm operates a plant at Nadab in Romania which it established a little over two years ago.

Source: European Plastics News

Consumer packaging trends that are impacting the industry

The five most important consumer packaging trends for today’s market are sustainability, healthy living, convenience, authenticity and cost-effective shopping.

Sustainability

Consumers are more aware of international environmental issues and are changing their purchasing habits. Consumers are seeking packaging with the recyclable logo on it.

Healthy living

Consumers are interested in health and wellness and are looking for the packaging to list the product’s health credentials. Packaging should focus on natural ingredients and formulations.

Convenience

Consumers are busy and are looking for on the go, easy to use packaging. Packaging that is smaller, lighter and easily disposed of are ideal for on the go consumption.

Authenticity and Trust

Due to global food scandals, consumers are demanding clarity from manufacturers on product traceability.

Cost-effective shopping

Consumers are now purchasing product as they run, opposed to purchasing product in advance and storing for future use, which has been the norm.

To read the entire article, click the link below

http://www.packagingdigest.com/article/523824-Consumer_packaging_trends_that_are_impacting_the_industry.php

Source: Packaging Digest

Eleven trends shaping flexible packaging

Here are some recent and developing trends in flexible packaging:

More easy open/ easy reclose options

Today there are more opening treatments, fitment and closure options available, such as reclosable zippers that do not involve tearing the package to open it and pouches with screw-on caps.

Clear high-barrier films

Clear films and coatings barrier properties are becoming comparable to foil and metalized films and offer the possibility of microwavable packaging.

Penetration into entirely new categories

Pouches are being used for a variety of food products. Retort pouches for tuna fish and pet food have replaced cans, glass jars have also been replaced by retort pouches for baby food.

A quick look ahead

Condiments, beauty products like shampoo and lotion, and soups, stocks and canned fruit are anticipated to be next in line for pouch packaging.

The slow roll of the cereal aisle

Cereal is not a product expected to move into flexible packaging any time soon. Cereal manufacturers have too much invested in existing bag in box equipment to make a change.

More layers in co-extrusion

More converters are moving towards seven and nine layer coextrusion lines, which provide more flexibility for cost, thickness and functionality.

Shaped flexible packaging

FFS (form/fill/seal) packaging can generate a multitude of shapes and styles. Machinery manufacturers are working on equipment to create 3 dimensional pouch packaging.

More retortable pouches

The factors driving the growth of retort pouches are they are easier to open than cans, weigh less, result in less waste, minimize loss from denting or breakage and the package can be microwavable.

Pouches’ wide impact

New product applications are developing, liquid, viscous, powdered, granulated and particulate. The growth markets include food and beverage, cosmetics, healthcare, pet foods, automotive, pharmaceutical and agricultural.

Sustainable packaging is taking on new forms

Flexible packaging offers many green benefits: less plastic and energy used in production; flat packaging results in more efficient transport and storage; and after use less material goes into the waste stream.

Waste to Energy is coming of age

WTE is becoming a real end of life option for flexible packaging since advances in municipal incinerator technology have addressed harmful emissions issues. It’s likely that the United States will support efforts to turn waste into electricity, synthetic gas, fuels and recycled materials.

To read the entire article, click the link below

http://www.packworld.com/package-type/bagspouches/eleven-trends-shaping-flexible-packaging

Source: Packaging World

Flexible packaging gains popularity among food and beverage makers

Globally, food companies are hoping on the flexible packaging bandwagon. Its convenience, high quality and light weight are three of the key reasons why national and private brands are choosing flexible packaging. Flexible packaging is ideal for a wide range of products, from cocktails to fruit chips.

Many companies are using packaging as a key brand differentiator. Bolthouse Farms designed a pouch that separates their carrots and seasoning. When consumers want to use the product, they pinch the pouch and pull to break the inner barrier that separates the two sections, then shake the pouch to season the carrots. By separating the carrots and seasoning both products are kept in optimal condition. Another example would be the British supermarket Tesco serving their heat and serve soups in stand up pouches. Tesco’s pouch is printed in high-definition flexography allowing consumers to see exactly what they are purchasing.

To read the article, click here:

http://www.processingmagazine.com/articles/125023-flexible-packaging-gains-popularity-among-food-and-beverage-makers

Source: Processing

US pouch demand expected to reach $8.8 billion in 2016

Reportlinker is reporting the demand for pouches in the US is projected to reach $8.8 billion in 2016 based on stand up pouches sustainability, functionality and branding opportunities over other packaging. Consumer acceptance of pouches over rigid containers will buoy demand, as will such advantages as superior aesthetic appeal, portability, light weight, reduced material use and significantly lower shipping costs than rigid containers. Heightened use of reclosing and dispensing fitments will increase the competitiveness of pouches against rigid containers.

Processed foods applications will show growth in the pouch packaging market based on the popularity of baby food and fruit snacks in spouted pouches and conversions from rigid containers. Growth opportunity is also expected in the beverage market as spouted pouches further penetrate alcoholic beverages, premixed cocktails, sports drinks and energy drinks.

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http://www.reportlinker.com/p0934667/US-Pouches-Market.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Packaging